Leeds United head coach Garry Monk admits he will only know more today on defender Liam Cooper, as he sweats on the centre-back being available to face Derby County on Friday night.
Ahead of a big Championship clash against the Rams at home, Monk is sweating over a few issues within his squad, especially with injuries and suspensions limiting his defensive resources.
Pontus Jansson has been suspended for two games after he picked up his tenth booking of the season in Leeds’ FA Cup clash against Cambridge United on Monday night at the Abbey Stadium.
Leeds have been sweating over Cooper’s availability for the Derby game after he limped off with a knee problem against Cambridge, but Monk is hopeful of having him in his team at Elland Road on Friday.
The Leeds boss said in a press conference: “Everyone else is the same as we were before Cambridge.
"Pontus Jansson is suspended, so that is the only change.
“We are very hopeful Liam Cooper will be available.
"We will know more by the end of today.”
Full-back Charlie Taylor has been out of action since leaving the pitch injured against Brentford last month and Monk is wary about rushing the defender in too soon.
“Charlie Taylor won’t be ready.
"We hope he will be available sooner rather than later.
"He is being assessed daily; there's no point risking him for one game and then he might be out for longer."